Kibble & Prentice Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
10 Reviews

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  1.  

    Exceptionally kind people, but management is overly secretive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic people, excellent reputation in the community.

    Cons

    No story from management is ever the whole truth or even a version of it. The rumor mill gets going and a little transparency from management would help to shut it down, but that's not the approach that is taken.
    Very few career progression opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and if something can't be shared, say so instead of making up some odd story.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Difficult - what's the point?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Worker  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Worker in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart, talented, driven people
    Exposure to carriers, employers, and other vendors

    Cons

    Drive employees to and beyond breaking points - stress, tears, and anxiety very common. Employees outside of sales are expendable. Employees consistently leave here and work less/earn more elsewhere. Never fully staffed. Always ask/demand more from you with little financial compensation, flexibility or return for your investment. A career here lasting 5 or more years not sustainable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - little interest in making changes unless there's a crisis (i.e., mass exodus)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There is defintily a work hard, play hard culture at K&P. Management has an open door policy and are always willing to help if you need it.

    Cons

    Some employees were given more work than they could handle and ended up working very long hours during busy season

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    No opportunity for advancement for Account Managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good location downtown, good people except for the P&C managers. The company was purchased by USI/Goldman Sacks several years ago and now GS is selling USI. The CEO and the top managers stand to benefit from the sale but no one else will.

    Cons

    Women are not promoted and the pay divide between Account Executives and Account Managers is above the national average. Very hard to move from an account manager job (all women) to an Account Executive position (all men)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your employees on merit and not on gender.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great people and a decent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They offer a good work/life balance. Big focus on community giving and volunteering. Great group of people to work with. The employees tend to have a strong understanding of the industry and are available to help answer questions.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunity, pay isn’t very competitive with the industry. Not a large focus on employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement programs to develop and retain your talented employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Forget work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice

    Pros

    Good office location, beautiful building with many onsite conveniences, such as dry cleaning, coffee shops, and places to eat.

    Cons

    Saying K&P has office politics is an understatement. The only way to get ahead is to pawn your work off on others and spend your days sucking up to management. Those that work hard are passed over, while those that spend days in the office having long lunches, drinking after work, and gossiping are rewarded with raises and promotions. Yes, insurance is a sales industry, but the producers aren't going to be able to service those accounts and keep the clients happy without quality support staff. An AM, AA,. BS or EA shouldn't have to "play the game" but should be focusing on good service.

    Heaven forbid you are a parent (or - gasp - a single parent) and expect work/life balance. K&P is old school, and very good ole' boys in their thinking. Most of the producers and management have stay at home spouses or nannies, and can't relate, and don't really care, about those employees with fewer resources that need to be home before daycare closes, or have sick kids to care for.

    HR is a joke, they don't care about protecting the employees' rights, only with protecting the company from liability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop rewarding sub-par performers simply because they are good looking or good at kissing rear ends.

    K&P used to be a prestigious place to work that felt like an extended family. Now, your competitors are flooded with resumes from your staff trying to jump ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much office politics!

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice

    Pros

    Nice downtown location
    Had a team of employees who did fun events for employees
    HR seemed like they wanted to help employees

    Cons

    Terrible office politics
    Not very good benefits
    Management not very communicative
    Had sales guys who didn't know anything about insurance!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits - especially since the company has a benefits brokerage business!
    Find a way to get rid of the office politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Like Most Places, It's a Mixed Bag

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Kibble & Prentice

    Pros

    * Quarterly company update meetings
    * Good location in downtown Seattle
    * Pay is slightly above average
    * Founder of company still works here

    Cons

    * Sales oriented culture / organization - all about new business to the regular detriment of ongoing administration
    * Not much communication between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Better communication to employees
    * More obvious career paths
    * Better career enhancement opportunities (training, certificiations, etc.)
    * More team-building opportunities
    * Better training for managers (currently none)

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Kibble & Prentice is an OK place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice

    Pros

    Kibble has fair compensation and, depending on the department, lots of opportunities. Their benefits are a little bit lower than average for Seattle but they have changed them several times with the USI merger.

    Cons

    Each department is different. Some have very high turnover, some very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commuicate with non-management team members more.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kibble & Prentice

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, learning opportunities are open to anyone willing to learn. Company "perks" are great: transportation/parking paid for, quarterly company updates/parties. Communication throughout the company is clear from the top down. People are really friendly and there is a great sense of community among co-workers. They do a lot for the community, are involved in many charities, and clients are really happy with their service levels.

    Cons

    My position was only an internship where there was no position for me to continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a thing!

    Recommends

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